Courses & Units

Socially Responsible Investing BFA757


Investors and lenders have an important role with respect to sustainable development. Through directing their financial resources to socially and environmentally responsible investment options, investors and lenders have the power to make significant contribution to sustainable development. This applies to both small- and large-scale investors and lenders.
Apart from the moral aspects associated with socially responsible investing, a failure to consider the social and environmental risks inherent in particular investments expose investors and lenders to potential financial loss.
Investors need to be aware of the risks and opportunities that the sustainability agenda creates; they need to be aware of, and be able to critically evaluate, different approaches to ethical investment and lending; and they need to have an awareness of the products available within the market place. This unit responds to these needs as it:
• Explores the meaning and role of socially responsible investment
• Identifies the sustainability related risks and opportunities that aspects of an investee’s/borrowers operations create for investors or lenders
• Identifies and explains some tools used to assess investments from a sustainability-related perspective
• Discusses some available products available to ‘socially responsible’ investors and lenders.


Unit name Socially Responsible Investing
Unit code BFA757
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Business & Economics
Tasmanian School of Business and Economics
Discipline Accounting
Coordinator Doctor Roger Colbeck
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Online Semester 1 Off-Campus International Domestic
Online Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 10/7/2023 8/8/2023 28/8/2023 15/10/2023
Semester 1 20/2/2023 21/3/2023 10/4/2023 28/5/2023

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Learning Outcomes

  • Critique the risks and opportunities that the sustainability agenda creates for investors and lenders
  • Apply the tools for evaluating socially responsible investments
  • Critically reflect on how socially responsible investments can create positive social and environmental impacts
  • Appraise high-profile international guidance pertaining to socially responsible investing and lending
  • Collaborate with other professionals/practitioners to communicate recommendations relating to socially responsible investing and lending to a range of stakeholders
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
081105 $1,892.00 $1,482.00 not applicable $2,837.00

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Teaching Pattern

Pre-recorded Blended Lecture, up to 2 hours (3-5 short lectures of maximum 20 minutes each), 13 weeks

Blended workshop (face to face and via Zoom, for distance students), 50 minutes, 12 weeks

AssessmentIndividual Assignment (30%)|Individual Assignment (35%)|Team Assignment (35%)
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